A new website, sponsored by Catholic Cemeteries Conference and the USCCB Catholic Communications Campaign, has wonderful resources for parishes. Valuable information for parish bereavement committees, group discussions, RCIA programs, school lesson plans, bible studies, and videos for parish websites are all free for your use. Please visit the website and create a username and password to take advantage of all the free material - catholicburialtraditions.org.
Over the next several months, we will be sharing some of the wonderful videos here in the Wednesday Diocesan Update. Below is a link to the video entitled Why a Catholic Funeral, Part One. With testimonies from priests and family members, this short video shows the importance of a Catholic funeral not only for the deceased but also for those left behind.